Green Construction through Wood (GCWood) Program

The Call for Timber Bridges Expressions of Interest is closed for applications.

Timber Bridges

Closed as of April 8, 2019.

Timber bridge over river

This Call for Expressions of Interest is now closed.

This Call for Expressions of Interest is for timber bridges with spans of over 20 metres in the following categories: Traffic and Pedestrian.

For further questions, please contact the GCWood team.

Low Rise Non-Residential

Closed as of December 3, 2018.

Large wood ceiling trusses in low-rise building

This Call for Expressions of Interest is now closed. Applicants will be informed of their application status in spring 2019.

This Call for Expressions of Interest was for low-rise non-residential buildings (buildings of 1-4 storeys) in the following categories: Commercial/Industrial and Office/Institutional.

For further questions, please contact the GCWood team.

What is GCWood?

The Government of Canada created the Green Construction through Wood (GCWood) Program to encourage greater use of wood in construction projects in Canada. We want to catalyze a broader awareness of, and domestic capacity for, innovative tall wood buildings, timber bridges and low-rise wood buildings. Building with wood offers many benefits, including GHG emission reductions and opportunities for economic growth.

GCWood provides non-repayable contributions of up to 100% of a project’s eligible incremental costs for the demonstration of innovative wood products and systems. The funding is intended to offset the cost of being the “first mover” of wood-intensive projects, and to support the development of knowledge and tools to support the success of future projects.

Knowledge and information developed using GCWood funding will fall under a Creative Commons license to allow for knowledge sharing. For details about what information could be made available, please contact a GCWood team member.

Our goals

The GCWood program supports Canada’s transition to a more wood-inclusive construction industry by funding projects that encourage:

  • greater adoption and commercialization of wood-based products in the construction of innovative tall wood buildings, timber bridges, and low-rise wood buildings
  • replication of demonstrated innovative non-traditional wood-based buildings and timber bridges
  • research that addresses the gap in technical information needed to facilitate revisions to the 2020 and 2025 National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) to allow tall wood buildings beyond the current 6 storey limit

To receive information about the GCWood program, please join our mailing list by contacting the GCWood team.

Benefits of GCWood-funded projects

Environmental benefits of working with wood include:

  • reduced GHG emissions from renewable and sustainable resources
  • innovative energy-efficient building designs

Communities will benefit from:

  • new jobs and development opportunities
  • more options and affordable housing for home buyers
  • increased market opportunities for rural and Indigenous communities dependent on forestry activities

Companies will benefit from:

  • new revenues
  • a reduction in the incremental cost gap of using wood
  • new or diversified building portfolios

History of the GCWood Program

The GCWood program was announced in Budget 2017 with $39.8 million over four years, starting in 2018–19. The funds will support projects and activities that increase the use of wood as a green building material in infrastructure projects.

With this new funding, the GCWood program will build on the success of the Tall Wood Building Demonstration Initiative (TWBDI). Through the TWBDI, NRCan funded two successful demonstration projects: The Origine building in Quebec (the tallest all-wood condominium building in North America in 2017, at 13 storeys) and the Brock Commons Tallwood House student residence on the UBC campus (tallest hybrid wood building in the world in 2017, at 18 storeys).

GCWood’s first call for Expressions of Interest for Tall Wood Building Projects was open from October 6 to December 6, 2017. It was well received, with 14 applications being submitted from across the country.

GCWood’s second call for Expressions of Interest for Low-rise Non-residential buildings was open from September 10 to December 3, 2018. Applicants will be informed of the program’s decision in spring 2019.